STORRS, Conn. (February 6, 2009) - The University of Connecticut women's track and field team will travel to New York City to participate in one of the top meets in the country on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the Armory track. Results can be found .
"If last week was a dress rehearsal for the championship season, the New Balance Collegiate Meet this weekend represents a national championship atmosphere," said UConn head coach Bill Morgan. "This is home to our BIG EAST Championship meet, adding the flavor of an indoor Penn Relays. The competition with several nationally ranked teams and many ranked athletes can only help in establishing our mindset for the coming weeks."
Six NCAA ranked Huskies are in the mix this weekend at the Armory, including sophomore Trisha-Ann Hawthorne (Elmsford, N.Y.), freshman Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.), junior Tynisha McMillian (Bridgeport, Conn.), senior Mandela Graves-Fulgham (Shutesbury, Mass.), junior Carin Knight (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and senior Rachael Porter (Watertown, Conn.).
Leading that group is the nation's best freshman in the weight throw, Flowers, who holds the country's fifth place ranking in the weight throw with a mark of 20.30 meters (66' 7.25").
McMillian is also fifth in the shot put with a mark of 16.16 meters (53' 0.25"). Her top finish is also the No. 1 throw in the BIG EAST. Flowers is second in the weight throw on the BIG EAST performance list.
Hawthorne is ranked No. 1 in the BIG EAST as well and 10th in the nation in the 60-meter dash, while Graves-Fulgham is first in the BIG EAST and 11th in the country in the 400-meter run.
Rounding out the group of ranked athletes are high jumpers Knight and Porter. Knight, who is a 2008 All-American, currently ranks 19th with Porter just behind at 20th. Both recorded the same jump of 1.78 meters (5'10") earlier this season and are both in the top-three in the BIG EAST.
Another group of Huskies will be attending the Giegengack Invitational at Yale on Saturday, Feb. 7, to look to qualify for future championships this season.
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